There are a lot of weird things people will put on their skin because it supposedly makes them look better. Clay, dirt, mud, strange oils and so much more. But there's a new commodity hitting the market that's changing beauty products everywhere: marijuana.
Quartz recently published an article outlining how many beauty product manufacturers are incorporating marijuana-derivatives into their offerings. They noted that CAP Beauty recently launched a new product called "The Daily Hit" that contains cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid found in marijuana. Unlike THC, CBD cannot get users high and is actually legal in all 50 states. And now many beauty products are incorporating CBD claiming it can "hydrate skin, relieve swollen spots, and reduce under-eye bags."
And, believe it or not, it's actually not that ridiculous. Robert Dellavalle, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, noted that a study in Israel found that creams using a combination of THC and CBD were found to effectively treat psoriasis. Another dermatologist in the article noted a study showing CBD prevented the production of a compound that can cause acne. But there are a lack of clinical trials in the United States documenting how CBD can treat other skin conditions.
Most mainstream beauty product makers are still staying away from CBD. While it may be legal in all 50 states, the uncertainty around marijuana means that it could get pulled from the shelves and cost these companies a lot of money. But that doesn't stop them from incorporating hemp into different fragrances or oils they produce. Companies are allowed to sell items that contain hemp in the United States as long as the hemp wasn't grown in America, because it is technically illegal to do so.
If you're wondering if there's any danger to using skincare products with CBD, don't worry. There are no risks, and even if there were our skin would be able to handle it.
"They are safe,” Dellavalle says. “Your skin is a pretty great barrier, just in case.”